This weekend is turning into a reading feast of travel writing on Finistère. I subscribed to the travel writing magazine, hidden europe, back in 2015 and in issue number 48, the central feature covers the chapels of Finistère, contributed by Patricia Stoughton. A thoroughly researched piece, in keeping with the stated aims of editors, Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries, Stoughton lets us meet a local history enthusiast and shows us the chapelle Sainte-Barbe on the headland at Roscoff. Here in the JPN Lab at Plymouth University, we know the little granite-built chapel very well; it has been our first stopping point on our fieldwork in Brittany since 2009, my own Local Guide’s review still survives on Google Places at https://goo.gl/d8j2fT
The coincidences do not stop there, though, Zoe, Plymouth’s very first Travel Writer-Researcher ResM postgraduate, has just re-drafted her travel article on our field trip to Quimper in, yes, Finistère. And I’ve been enjoying the new version of that, too. Like Stoughton, Roberts introduces characterisation to provide more specialist tourism knowledge for her readers, whilst reinforcing the feeling that we, like her, are there in contact with a local, helping us understand the culture of Brittany.